View of Breckenridge, Colorado, at sunset

Breckenridge Guide

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Why you should visit Breckenridge

Breckenridge, or “Breck” as the locals call it, isn’t like other high-end ski destinations. Here you won’t feel out of place if you’re looking to swap the fancy après-ski cocktail for a frothy beer. Breckenridge exudes a laid-back, friendly vibe that you feel the moment you set foot in the former mining town. Filled with charming, Victorian-style architecture, the historic district looks like a scene from a western film: the streets are lined with colorful storefronts, with the Rocky Mountains providing a scenic backdrop.

Breck is a legendary ski destination with five distinct peaks, though it’s an outdoor playground no matter the season. Not far from Breckenridge is Lake Dillon, where you can enjoy the mountain views from a boat while exploring the area’s alpine hiking trails. Breckenridge also offers opportunities to mountain bike and, in the winter, sled and snowshoe.

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What to do in Breckenridge

Breckenridge provides a wide range of activities to enjoy no matter the season. Stroll through the largest historic district in Colorado, Main Street, where you will find more than 200 quaint boutique stores and ski shops. If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind souvenir, stop by the Global Candle Gallery , where you can watch the candle makers mold up a custom and unique candle just for you. The Riverwalk Center invites the music lover to enjoy live music without the disruption of the weather with indoor heated seating for the colder winter months, and then in the summertime, the center opens up access to their grass lawn.

During the wintertime, grab your hot cocoa and hop on a sleigh ride through the woods with the Golden Horseshoe Tour Co ., or bring the winter fun indoors and head on over to Stephen C. West Ice Arena for some ice skating.

After a day on the slopes stop by the Continental Divide Winery in Main Street Station for a wine tasting – you can even play winemaker and set up a wine blending experience. If spirits are more your style, take a historic saloon tour and participate in a tasting at Breckenridge Distillery. Colorado is the capital to craft beer, and Breckenridge is a great place to try some of the best brews in the state. Sample some at the Breckenridge Brewery; what was once a small brew pub, Breckenridge Brewery is now one of the most successful craft beer companies in the U.S.

Where to stay in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has a multitude of places to stay during your visit at this ski town, from condos to luxury homes.

If you are visiting with a group or with your family, condos are a perfect option. You can find a great selection to choose from at affordable prices and in close proximity to all that you need on Airbnb , Luxury Retreats , VRBO and Homeaway . Alpine Villa Retreat , a Tuscan vacation rental, is another great option for a big group, especially if you are looking for a place with some extra amenities to enjoy after a long day on the slopes as it occupies a home theater and a rock climbing wall.

One Ski Hill Place is a luxurious ski-in/ski-out resort located on the base of Peak 8. For reasonable prices, stunning views and its ideal location on Main Street, Residence Inn by Marriott makes for a great option to lay your head.Situated on a forested cliff and completely dog-friendly is The Lodge at Breckenridge .

What to eat in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has a lot of places to eat for every taste bud. Start your day off sweetly with a crepe at Crepes a la Cart or a doughnut at Daylight Doughnuts . For a healthier alternative go to LoLo Juice for organic and vegetarian friendly juices, salads and wraps.

If you get hungry on the mountain, Pioneer Crossing is the place to eat. Atop Peak 7, right off the Independence Super Chair, enjoy this mining themed restaurant serving upscale campfire-inspired food. Robbie’s Tavern is another option for on mountain dining. Located at the bottom of Peak 8, Robbie’s offers up pork sliders and bison chili. After a full day on the slopes, back in town on Main Street, savor in a hearty, juicy burger at Empire Burger .

For dessert, visit Mountain Top Cookie Shop for a wide variety of homemade cookies (including gluten-free options).

Family-friendly activities in Breckenridge

Breckenridge has plenty of activities that everyone in the family can enjoy. Learn about the mining history of Breckenridge on a tour of the largest gold mine in the city, Country Boy Mine . Mines are closed during the wintertime so make sure to catch a tour during the summer.

Another place to explore during the summertime is the Fun Park at the Breckenridge Ski Resort. At the park you can take part in bike riding, downhill sliding, and if your up for the thrill, zip around the 2,500ft long roller coaster. Take the family on an outdoor adventure kayaking and river rafting down the Blue River or along Lake Dillon.

Support a local non-profit by seeing a community performance at The Backstage Theatre , and look out for kid-friendly events that are held throughout the year in Breckenridge like the Wave: Light + Water + Sound Street Arts Festival held each year in late May and early June.

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